After the Academic Senate meeting of two weeks ago, in which Senators expressed unanimous concern about new developments in the administration’s “civility initiative,” one would have thought that IVC Prez Glenn Roquemore and Co. would take a step back. —Maybe gently apply the brakes. Offer some assurances perhaps.
At that meeting, senators agreed that certain elements of the notorious Feb. 2 "civility report"—e.g., the notion that any “incivility” of employees should be noted by supervisors and included in employee evaluations!—were counterproductive, civility-wise. There seemed to be agreement that the very idea of enforcing civility via a "civility statement" or district policy was a move in the wrong direction, especially considering our college's benighted history, which has left conscious employees in an ongoing state of suspicion and distrust—that, instead, we’d achieve what we really wanted by making our college a place where employees can speak up without fear of retaliation.
So you’d think that IVC Prez Glenn Roquemore would modify his rhetoric a bit, maybe communicate assurances that the "civility" initiative is a thing warm and fuzzy.
No such luck.
Here’s the latest “communication” from our “leader":
TO: All Members of the IVC Community
FROM: Glenn R. Roquemore, PhD, President
RE: Open Meeting March 23 on Civility and Mutual Respect
DATE: March 2, 2012
On December 16, 2011, the Working Group on Civility and Mutual Respect was formed in response to District-wide Goal 1, “SOCCCD will create a district-wide culture which is characterized by mutual respect and collaboration and which celebrates the uniqueness of each institution.” In addition, District-wide Planning Objective 1.1.3 states, “Draft a Board policy on mutual respect and forward for BPARC review.” It is expected that the Working Group on Civility and Mutual Respect will engage the campus community in dialog regarding campus and district civility and mutual respect and develop a statement that is intended to contribute to the development of a Board Policy on mutual respect.
On Friday, March 23, 2012, from 12:30 to 5 p.m. in room BSTIC 101, the second meeting of the IVC Working Group on Civility and Mutual Respect will be held. This meeting is an open forum and everyone in the IVC community is encouraged to participate. Please arrive at 12:30 p.m. for refreshments and informal conversation. At 1:00 p.m. sharp the meeting will begin.
The meeting will be facilitated by a five-person team. Professor Lewis Long, President of the IVC Faculty Association, will be joining the four persons who facilitated the first meeting on December 16th: Classified Senate President Dennis Gordon; Faculty Senate Vice-President Jeff Kaufmann; Dean Keith (Shack) Shackleford; and John Spevak, a member of the College Brain Trust.
The facilitators will review the prioritized comments and suggestions made on December 16 (see attached) and use them as a starting point for crafting recommendations to the District's Board Policy and Administrative Regulations Committee. We will also create an action plan with specific steps to develop a culture of mutual respect and civility within the IVC community.
I will be sending another email between now and March 23, with additional information, including an agenda for the meeting.
The facilitation team and I believe this upcoming meeting will be an opportunity for an open and honest discussion about creating an environment which will enable us to accomplish positive things for the IVC community, in both the near and extended future.
If you have any questions or comments, please send them to me or to any or all members of the facilitation team. The email addresses are firstname.lastname@example.org;email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com.
Glenn R. Roquemore, Ph.D.
Commissar Roquemore can't even get his facts straight. He says the working group was formed on Dec. 16. According to the “Civility” report sent out by VPI Justice on Feb. 2, “the IVC Working Group on Civility… had met … on October 17, 2011....” Thus, by the time of the Dec. 16 “workshop,” the Working Group had already existed for two months, which was more than enough time for folks to figure out that no faculty union rep was included—and, indeed, that the very idea of drafting a civility statement is clueless and oblivious to fairly recent history, including our own.
But why schedule this third meeting for a Friday—a day almost guaranteed to minimize participation by Friday-phobic IVC faculty? Roquemore might as well announce that Raghu Mathur and Tom Fuentes will be there to take pictures with your kids!
Has the massive application of brakes that occurred at the Feb. 16 Senate meeting—a meeting attended by VPI Craig Justice, who seemed agreeable to senators' sentiments—been forgotten? How can that be?
What on Earth is going on here?
My God, these people are freakin’ unbelievable.